NZXT H5 Flow & H5 Elite Case Review

The NZXT H7 series of cases was released a few months ago and ended up being a nice little shake-up from cases we’d seen from them in the past. However, let’s not beat around the bush, they ended up not having the best airflow shall we say. So with that, NZXT released the H7, H7 Flow and H7 Elite and in typical case manufacturer style, they’re now releasing their smaller brothers with the H5 series, and we have both the Flow and Elite models here because, in a strange but sensible turn of events, they’ve ditched the normal version on this range.

NZXT H5 Series

So let’s start by talking about the range. Unlike the H7, NZXT has decided to completely ditch the solid panel version which was something I criticised when they originally released the H7 lineup, as it just didn’t really make much sense while the flow with its mesh design for improved airflow and Elite with its stylish RGB did, so that’s what we have here and in another turn of events, they’ve also ditched the black and white contrasting version in favour of just two colours, black, or white. I guess having the sales data on what works and what doesn’t from the H7, allowed NZXT to make some important decisions about what they’d bring to market with the H5. Personally, I think they’ve made some good decisions and with a case that’s due to replace the H510, it’s going to be interesting to see what’s changed.

H5 Series Features

  • Pre-installed angled fan at the bottom intake for better cooling inside of the chassis
  • Perforated top panel provides optimal ventilation for the case
  • Intuitive cable management system with wide channels, hooks, & straps to easy organized your cables 
  • Easy access to the interior of the case with tool-less access to front & side panels
  • Front panel supports up to 2 x 140mm fans or 280mm radiator
  • Top panel supports up to 2 x 120mm fans or 240mm radiator
  • Tempered glass side panel that showcases the interior of your case
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A x 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C x 1, and Headset Audio Jack x 1 on the top panel.
  • Supports vertical GPU mount with optional Vertical GPU Mounting Kit with Gen 4 PCIe Riser
  • MSRP: $89.99
  • Features exclusive to the H5 Flow 
    • Perforated mesh front panel that gives a greater focus on cooling performance for builds with greater cooling demands
    • Includes two F120Q fans
  • Features exclusive to the H5 Elite
    • Tempered glass front panel and built-in RGB controller with three lighting channel with control via NZXT CAM for builds focused on aesthetics 
    • Includes two pre-installed F140 RGB fans & one F120Q fan
  • Available Colors 
    • H5 Flow: All White, All Black
      • Tinted glass in the All Black model
    • H5 Elite: All White, All Black
      • Tinted glass in the All Black model


If you want to see our full video going through this, you can do so below.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's, I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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